My expectations of other people’s recipes is basically neutral. The reason is due to my experience with retail juices. When one or another would be so popular and everyone swore it was delicious or spot on or what ever, I didn’t always agree. My tastes are weird. I accept that the recipe may be great, it’s just me. (It’s not you, it’s me, lol.)
When I started DIY my expectations were low because I figured it would take me a while to make anything vapable. It surprised me to find a handful of single flavors that were really nice on their own, still I didn’t try anyone else’s recipes. I still haven’t.
Now that I have more flavors and I’m somewhat familiar with the single flavors I like and the strange effects I get from others, I’ve saved a few recipes from other people that I want to try, that I’m very sure I will like. There are other recipes that have inspired me to make similar versions. None of these are public because I haven’t gotten them good enough yet, lol.
As far as what I expect from a good juice and what turns me off process wise, I’ve had a few that start out good but turn south after a steep so I know to only make a small amount. I have a few others that start out like socks and steep really nice. My favorite original creation so far is still Hair of Newt. It starts out bright and crisp as a S&V, (maybe a little harsh for some) and mellows into a sweet smoothie kind of flavor after a few months.
For being vapable, inhale has to be delicious! That’s non-negotiable. If the exhale is not offensive, I’m happy. If the exhale is also delicious, it’s a bonus. If the exhale is incongruently wretched my eyes will cross and I immediately wonder what form of sinister sorcery has taken place in that dark steeping box. Another major factor is dryness. If it’s dry I can usually fix that but it’s definitely off putting.